Kidomatic Camera

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Kids embellish photos in fun, silly app; upgrades will cost.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the very basics of digital photo editing with Kidomatic Camera. They use the camera to take photos of anything -- a tree, pet, friend, or themselves -- and then use their imaginations to create funny faces or characters by placing themed stickers on the photos. With a parent's help, young kids can also learn some basic social lessons about respect for others when placing stickers on their photos or sharing photos with others, an important first step before they start posting photos on social networking sites as teens.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Simply tap and wait for the camera to appear, choose from a number of options, point and tap to take the photo, and then decorate the image with stickers, spray paint, letters, and more. It may be confusing to younger kids that -- even though the themes appear all together as choices -- they have to purchase some of them. In addition, no direct tutorial or instructions are provided, so kids have to figure out what the icons mean in relation to the camera options.

Violence & Scariness

A "Police" theme, containing icons of a gun that says "bang" on a flag, handcuffs, a billy club, and other crime or crime-fighting items, is one of the photo themes kids can choose as an in-app purchase.

Sexy Stuff

Extra themes that can be added as in-app purchases for $1.99 are highlighted at various points during the game, and a "More Apps" icon appears with the themes, which leads kids to information about other apps by this developer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kidomatic Camera is a zany, fun camera app that allows kids to take photos of people, including themselves, (and pets, household objects, trees, and more), and then use stickers and spray paint to change the photos. Kids can add mustaches, silly glasses, bows, letters, and more to their photos. Each sticker can be sized simply by pinching or expanding it, so kids can easily fit it to the photo. It's a fun diversion, unfortunately somewhat overshadowed by the frequency of suggestions for in-app purchases of more themes (including police, holiday, and princess) and the limited options for free themes. Kidomatic can be fun as long as kids don't feel pressured to buy in-app upgrades (Note: A version of the app without in-app purchases is available for $2.99.), and as long as they're careful not to decorate another person's photo in a mean way.

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What's it about?

Tap on KIDOMATIC's main page to take a photo. Kids can also use a zoom, turn the camera to take a photo of themselves, or change flash options. Once the photo is taken, they wait for the image to appear and then decorate it with the stickers, spray paint, letters, frames, and more that scroll across the bottom of the screen. For more decorating choices, return to the themes and purchase others for $1.99 each. Easy to use, difficult to avoid in-app purchases.

Is it any good?

The camera is very easy to use, and many options are provided for the main themes. It's easy to fit the stickers onto the photos. Still, it may be confusing to younger kids that, even though the themes appear all together as equal choices, they have to purchase some of them. Those other themes tend to grab kids' attention, focusing them on the choices they don't have unless they purchase them, rather than on the many free options they do have.

If your child wants to share the photos, change the settings for your device's camera. Parents may want to ensure that kid's photos are appropriately in good fun before sharing; it may be a safer bet not to share photos of people who aren't in on the fun in case they don't like the stickers added to their photos. Parents may want to help kids share only photos of themselves, their own pets, and objects they've decorated.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Explain your family's guidelines about in-app purchases to your child.

  • Ask your child: How might you feel if someone changed a photo of you? What are some ways to share photos in a fun and fair way rather than in a mean and unexpected way?

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